Sherman’s March, March 23, 1865: Sherman shuffles his command; Johnston throws in the towel

Over March 23-24, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman ordered movements to close the Carolinas leg of the Great March.  I’m mixing definitions there a bit, as “Great March” was somewhat a post-war term applied by the veterans as they recalled the roads from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.  On the other hand, at the time, operationallyContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 23, 1865: Sherman shuffles his command; Johnston throws in the towel”

150 years ago: More boats against Fort Sumter

At 2 a.m. on the morning of November 20, 1863, Federal gunners on Morris Island sent two shells into the night, aimed at Charleston.  Those shots were in addition to the 97 fired at Fort Sumter, as part of the now routine night’s activity.  The moon sat shortly after the shots into Charleston.  The weatherContinue reading “150 years ago: More boats against Fort Sumter”